Trump’s Idiocy Just Condemned His Citizens —
The Rest of Earth Must Practise ‘Social Distancing’ from the US (Source
markets lifted today on a tide of investor enthusiasm following the
announcement that the Federal Reserve was poised to give the US economy a
limitless cash injection.
in the closed mind of Donald
Trump, this is simply the beginning and the end of the matter.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 1,400 points putting on 7 per cent and
the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite nearly matched this.But even the
impregnable ignorance of Trump will be tested to destruction by the analysis
coming from the World Health Organisation that the US is due to become the new
global epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic.
we bear in mind that the accurate recording of infection rates and associated
deaths in the US is hobbled by a pattern of vastly inadequate and unequal
health provision — with one in 10 of the population without health insurance —
we can be sure that the actual infection rate is higher and the death rate will
is an unsavoury thought, but President Trump is truly an emperor without
the only metric which conditions the president’s thinking is the stock market
indices — and in very short order there will be a point in which the illusory
trajectory described by Trump’s imaginings will be intersected by the guided
missile that is reality.
US to free some prisoners amid coronavirus
Attorney General Bill Barr said Thursday he had instructed federal prisons to
free some inmates to lessen the impact of the coronavirus epidemic.
day after the United Nations human rights chief urged countries to protect
people held in overcrowded jails and other enclosed facilities, Barr said he
had encouraged US prisons to release qualified inmates. “I’ve asked and
issued a memorandum just today to the Bureau of Prisons to increase the use of
home confinement, based on a number of factors… particularly for those older
prisoners who have served substantial parts of their sentences,” Barr
said the instruction was focused on prisoners who are not considered dangerous
and who may have underlying medical conditions that make them particularly
vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.
want to make sure that our institutions don’t become petri dishes” for the
disease, Barr said.
instructions apply to the some 170,000 inmates in the US federal prison system,
where about a dozen cases of coronavirus have been discovered among prisoners
and prison staff. The directive will favor prisoners over 60 years old who have
not been convicted of violent or sexual crimes.
2,000 inmates could qualify.
majority of the 2.2 million people serving prison time in the United States are
in state and local institutions. A number of state governors have come under
pressure to free elderly inmates with greater risks of coronavirus infection. The
leaders of California and New Jersey are already moving with similar actions to
Russia thanks ‘real friend’ Jack Ma for gift
of a million masks
has received more than a million masks and 200,000 coronavirus testing kits as
a gift from Chinese billionaire businessman Jack Ma, its Defence Ministry said
Ma “a real friend”, the ministry said in a statement that the
co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba had spoken by telephone to
Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and told him how touched he had been by Moscow’s
own help for China. The foundations of Alibaba and Ma said on Wednesday they
had sent medical equipment to Russia. The Russian Defence Ministry said Ma’s
gift had been delivered in a Russian air force plane which had flown from
Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he hoped Russia would defeat coronavirus in two
to three months if it imposed tough measures, as authorities suspended
international flights, ordered most shops in Moscow to shut and halted some
A RECORD 3.3 MILLION AMERICANS FILED FOR
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AS THE CORONAVIRUS SLAMS ECONOMY (Source The Washington
record 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, the
Labor Department said Thursday, as
restaurants, hotels, barber shops, gyms and more shut down in a nationwide
effort to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
week saw the biggest jump in new jobless claims in history, surpassing the
record of 695,000 set in 1982. Many economists say this is the beginning of a
massive spike in unemployment that could result in over 40 million Americans
losing their jobs by April.
off workers say they waited hours on the phone to apply for help.
Websites in several states, including New York and Oregon, crashed because so
many people were trying to apply at once.
most terrifying part about this is this is likely just the beginning of the
layoffs,” said Martha Gimbel, a labor economist at Schmidt Futures.
Senate stimulus deal includes individual
checks — but don’t expect the money right away
cnn.com) The Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion stimulus deal late Wednesday that
includes sending checks directly to individuals amid the coronavirus crisis — but it will likely
take weeks before the money goes out. President
Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are still pushing to get the
direct payments issued by April 6, a White House official told CNN. Mnuchin
said Wednesday that the administration expects to begin issuing direct payments
to taxpayers within three weeks of a stimulus package being signed into law. “Our
expectation is within three weeks we will have direct payments out where we
have depository information,” Mnuchin said. “We’re looking to get a
lot more information and we have procedures to do that.” Mnuchin added
that by the end of next week, the administration wants all banks to be able to
originate loans on a “same day” basis.
previous programs in 2001 and 2008, the government took longer than a month to
distribute checks. “It is extremely unlikely that people will get payments
by April 6 — just two weeks from now,” said Howard Gleckman, a senior
fellow at the Tax Policy Center. “It is more realistic to expect them in a
month or two.”
13 Deaths in a Day: An ‘Apocalyptic’
Coronavirus Surge at an NYC Hospital
The New York Times) Dr. Ashley Bray performed chest compressions at Elmhurst
Hospital Center on a woman in her 80s, a man in his 60s and a 38-year-old who
reminded the doctor of her fiancé. All had tested positive for the coronavirus
and had gone into cardiac arrest. All eventually died.
a 545-bed public hospital in Queens, has begun transferring patients not
suffering from coronavirus to other hospitals as it moves toward becoming
dedicated entirely to the outbreak. Doctors and nurses have struggled to make
do with a few dozen ventilators. Calls over a loudspeaker of “Team 700,” the
code for when a patient is on the verge of death, come several times a shift.
Some have died inside the emergency room while waiting for a bed. A
refrigerated truck has been stationed outside to hold the bodies of the dead.
Over the past 24 hours, New York City’s public hospital system said in a
statement, 13 people at Elmhurst had died.
apocalyptic,” said Bray, 27, a general medicine resident at the hospital. Across
the city, which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the
United States, hospitals are beginning to confront the kind of harrowing surge
in cases that has overwhelmed health care systems in China, Italy and other
countries. On Wednesday evening, New York City reported 20,011 confirmed cases
and 280 deaths. More than 3,922 coronavirus patients have been hospitalized in
the city. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday offered a glimmer of hope that
social-distancing measures were starting to slow the growth in hospitalizations
statewide. This week, the state’s hospitalization estimations were down
markedly, from a doubling of cases every two days to every four days. “Elmhurst
is at the center of this crisis, and it’s the number one priority of our public
hospital system right now,” the city’s public hospital system’s statement said.
“The front line staff are going above and beyond in this crisis, and we
continue surging supplies and personnel to this critical facility to keep pace
with the crisis.”
Mitchell Katz said plans were underway to transform many areas of the Elmhurst
hospital into intensive care units for extremely sick patients.
New York’s hospitals may be about to lose their leeway for creativity in
finding spaces. All of the more than 1,800 intensive care beds in the city are
expected to be full by Friday, according to a Federal Emergency Management
Agency briefing obtained by The New York Times.
Coronavirus: US overtakes China with most
US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country with more
than 83,500 positive tests.
to the latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University, the US has
overtaken China (81,782 cases) and Italy (80,589).
with 1,200 Covid-19-related fatalities, the US death toll lags behind China
(3,291) and Italy (8,215).
grim milestone came as President Donald Trump predicted the nation would get
back to work “pretty quickly”. Asked about the latest figures at a
White House briefing on Thursday afternoon, President Trump said it was “a
tribute to the amount of testing that we’re doing”. As many as 2,300 patients
could die every day during the epidemic peak, set for some point in April, even
if people observe strict social distancing, according to the study from the Institute for
Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington’s School of
Russia Was Targeting America When It
Triggered the Oil War (Source thetrumpet.com)
Arabia has launched what could end up being one of the worst oil price wars in
modern history, and American oil and gas companies could be caught in the cross
fire. With fears about a coronavirus epidemic effecting demand for oil around
the world, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) met in
Vienna, Austria, on March 6 to propose that total oil output be reduced
by 1.5 million barrels a day to prevent oil prices
from dropping too fast. Yet Russia refused to cooperate with opec and
cut its oil production. This refusal prompted Saudi Arabia to announce that it
would not be cutting oil production either. Instead it would increase its oil
production by 2 million barrels per day. In an already oversupplied global
market, Saudi Arabia’s announcement caused Brent crude oil prices to plunge 31
percent to a low of $31.25 a barrel, its steepest single-day drop since the 1991 Persian
Gulf War. It only costs $9.90 for Saudi Arabia to pump a barrel of crude oil
out of an existing oil field, while it takes Russia $17.20 to do the same
thing. So the Saudi government figures it can survive low oil prices much longer than
the heart of this dispute revolves around America’s oil and gas companies. On
February 18, the Trump administration announced economic sanctions targeting Russia’s largest oil company.
reason for these sanctions is that Russia is helping Venezuelan dictator
Nicolás Maduro bypass United States sanctions by transporting his oil for him.
Russian President Vladimir Putin may have been retaliating against the Trump
administration by refusing to cut oil production. Since most U.S. oil wells
have a break-even point of $36.20 a barrel over their production life, American
oil and gas companies (which rely heavily on expensive hydraulic fracturing
techniques) cannot turn a profit when oil prices are this low. The U.S. has
also passed sanctions against companies involved in constructing the Nord
Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, saying it is a “tool of
coercion” to make the European Union more dependent on Russian gas. “The Kremlin has decided
to sacrifice opec+ to stop U.S. shale producers and punish the U.S. for
messing with Nord Stream 2,” the president of the Institute of World Economy
and International Relations in Moscow told Bloomberg News.
Thousands arrive in Charleston on cruise
ship, no health screenings planned (Source live5news.com)
carnival cruise ship docked at the Port of Charleston is letting 3,000 people
off into the Holy City Thursday morning. U.S. Customs and Border Protection,
the U.S. Coast Guard and the Charleston Port Authority all say they are working
with the Centers for Disease Control and the state’s Department of Health and
Environmental Control to decide whether any additional health screenings are
necessary. All passengers were required to have their temperature taken before
boarding the ship five days ago. There have been no health screenings for the
passengers since then. City of Charleston officials say they have no say in
cruise ship arrivals. The Port of Charleston is a state port and falls under
state authority. A Carnival Cruise spokesperson did not directly answer whether
anyone on board is sick, only saying they were not aware of anything “that
would impact the ship’s arrival.” The Sunshine will be leaving Thursday at 6pm.
A spokesperson for Carnival Cruises says
the company is implementing new policies for cruises, including having
employees serve buffet food. The company’s website states hand sanitizers are
being made available for all staff and passengers. Cruise terminals are cleaned
thoroughly before the next embarkation day and all guest and crew buses
providing transportation to the terminals are being sanitized after every trip.
Trudeau in Isolation After Wife Tests
Positive for Coronavirus (Source Bloomberg) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will
remain in isolation for 14 days after his wife tested positive for coronavirus.
Trudeau himself is in good health and isn’t exhibiting any symptoms, his office
said in a statement. Nor is he planning to be tested. The prime minister’s
office announced earlier Thursday that Trudeau was in self-isolation and
working from home while his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, awaited the results
of a Covid-19 test. “As a precautionary measure and following the advice of
doctors, he will be in isolation for a planned period of 14 days,” Trudeau’s
office said, adding his wife’s symptoms are mild and she is feeling well. “The
Prime Minister will continue to fully assume his duties and will address
Canadians tomorrow.” Gregoire Trudeau had been exhibiting flu-like symptoms
after recently returning from a speaking engagement in London, before testing